Sensory Light Room

Sensory integration is a process during which human nervous system receives information from receptors of all senses: touch, vestibular system receiving information about movement and body feeling, i.e. proprioception, smell, sight, hearing and taste, and then organizes them and interprets so that they can be used in intentional action. The therapy aims to provide the amount of appropriate stimuli sufficient to enable the central nervous system to work properly.

SYMPTOMS OF SENSORY INTEGRATION DISORDERS

Too high or too low level of physical activity

  • Muscle tone disorders
  • Poor motor coordination (these problems may pertain to small and gross motor skills)
  • Clumsiness
  • Difficulties with concentration, impulsive behavior
  • Getting tired quickly
  • Withdrawing from social contacts
  • Retardation in speech development, motor development and difficulties with learning
  • Poor organization of behavior, no planning

WHAT DOES THE THERAPY INVOLVE

Therapeutic sessions with the child are aimed at compensating the diagnosed deficits and disorders in the child’s sensory integration. The diagnosis is based on a detailed interview and Sensory Integration Tests. Sensory integration sessions in most cases have the nature of physical activity which is aimed at stimulating the senses. They are adapted to the child’s development level and have the form of “scientific fun”. The child will be encouraged and directed to perform activities which will bring out and provoke appropriate effective reactions to sensory stimuli. The sessions involve performing tasks appropriate for the child’s activity, providing vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile stimulation. The level of difficulty of these activities will gradually increase so as to require more organized and advanced reactions from the child. The therapy prefers targeted games and activities freely performed by children, triggering automatic sensory reactions rather than instructed, imposed and exercised specific reactions to stimuli. For the child the therapy is usually a pleasure, but at the same time hard work, focused on attaining success which would probably be impossible in fully spontaneous playing. Child motivation is an important aspect of the therapy. The above objectives are attained using different tools and therapeutic aids, such as: swings, balancing beams, platforms, harnesses, skateboards and many others. Impacting a different group of senses, we use, for example: textural sensory aids, weights, and tools for hearing, smell and visual stimulation.

EFFECTS OF THE THERAPY

Thanks to carefully selected exercises in the therapy the child may improve:

  • gross and fine motor skills
  • focus and concentration
  • visual and hearing skills
  • self-awareness and self-esteem
  • emotional functioning

WHO IS IT FOR?

  • Children with specific learning difficulties, such as: dyslexia, dysgraphia, dysorthography, poor concentration
  • Children with ADHD, ADD
  • Children with cerebral palsy
  • Autistic children
  • Children with psychomotor retardation
  • Children with intellectual disabilities
  • Children suffering from genetic disorders (e.g. Down, Asperger, Ret, Williams, Turner, Kineferter syndromes)
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